A new UCLA study found that a weekly regime of yoga and meditation could forestall age-related mental decline. They tested older adults with memory issues: one group did an established brain-training program (with classroom time and mental exercises), while the other did Kundalini yoga and Kirtan Kriya meditation (involving repeating a mantra and “dancing” with repetitive hand movements). Cognitive and brain-scanning tests showed that all groups performed better on thinking tests, but the yoga and meditation group had significantly better mood improvement, visuospatial memory, and more communication between parts of the brain that control attention and focus. The UCLA professor heading up the study reported, “We were a bit surprised by the magnitude of the brain effects.”


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